Tuesday, March 17, 2015

News: National Apprenticeship Week at DVC

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Dearne Valley College in Rotherham has used the National Apprenticeship Week to celebrate the success of some of its apprentices.

Established in 1976, Dearne Valley College has its main campus in Manvers and specialises in vocational training and apprenticeships.

Employers were asked to nominate their young recruits in the weeks running up to National Apprenticeship Week, and just five were chosen to take the titles. A winner was announced each day on the college's social media channels and website, celebrating their individual stories and successes.

First to be announced was the winner of the "Best Newcomer" Apprenticeship award, Khadija Rafiq, who is currently on a Business Administration Apprenticeship at nearby Maplin Electronics. Khadija was recognised for her efforts in taking on big challenges right from the start, despite being new to the role, whilst the "Innovation" Apprenticeship award was presented to Glenn Parkin at Ashton Seals, part of The Ashton Group based at Cortonwood in Rotherham. His employer praised Glenn, saying that "he has implemented innovative and fresh ideas to their existing practices, having made a significant and positive impact on the business."

Zoe Fearnley, commercial director at The Ashton Group, said: "Apprentices have their own unique place within the workplace. They offer modern skills and are able to adapt these into any business. We have been very lucky to have found Glenn, he is conscientious and committed to all the tasks he has been assigned. We are very proud to have helped Glenn establish his role within our company - a role that he has worked tirelessly to develop on a daily basis."

Third to be announced as the winner of the college's "Rising Star" Apprenticeship award was fellow Business Administration Apprentice, Bethany Ward at Doncaster-based Insurance Company, Ryan Direct Group. Her employers felt that Bethany's fantastic work ethic has led her to go above and beyond what is expected of an Apprentice, and she has now been offered a full-time role with them, well in advance of completing her Apprenticeship.

Alana Anderson was the next winner, taking the "Customers' Choice" Apprenticeship award after receiving continual, positive feedback and comments from patients and colleagues at the Church View Surgery in Denaby, where she is completing her training.

The final winner of National Apprenticeship Week was Scott Reynolds at Chesman Decorators Ltd, who was the recipient of the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution" Apprenticeship award. His employer said that Scott was sought after by the company's sub-contractors who often requested to work specifically with the Apprentice, and has secured himself a full-time role with his employers.

The college is hosting an employability fair today (Tuesday March 17).

Dearne Valley College website

Images: Ashton Seals

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